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Routes in Plumb Line Crag

Amaranth T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Barley T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Big Pink T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Breezy T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Closer to the Sun T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Corn T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Edward Humid Hands T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Euroboy T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Guan Ho T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
High Society T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
High Tea For Hookers T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Infusion T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Inner Turmoil T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
June Bride T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Kasha T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lady's Night T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Plumb Line T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Quinoa T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Radarete TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Rockabye T,S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rye T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Silver Dollar T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Skybox T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sofa King T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Someday, Kids, This Will All Be Yours T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Spins, The T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Spit Out S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Unamed Crack 1 T V2 5+
Unamed Crack 2 T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c V-easy 3
Unamed Crack 3 T V3 6A
Unamed Wide Roof T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V3 6A
Unknown Roof Crack V0+ 4+
Unnamed Crack 4 T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
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Type: Trad, 40 ft
FA: Steve Matous, summer 1975, solo
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Shared By: Brian Weinstein on Aug 7, 2005
Admins: Mike Snyder, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Aeon Aki

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Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 Details

Description

This is the namesake route for the crag. This is a short but sweet, picture perfect splitter that's a little overhanging. Rappel at the top.

Protection

Bring hand-size gear.

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Phil Pullshard
Fort Collins, Colorado
  5.9
Phil Pullshard   Fort Collins, Colorado
  5.9
Excellent, fantastic; go for it then go for High Society. Then tell me this is harder than 5.9. You have a bomb foot jam/hold whole way up. Nov 2, 2017
Kyle Anderson
Payson, AZ
  5.10
Kyle Anderson   Payson, AZ
  5.10
Yeah, Brian, I hear ya. I definitely had a little bit of "grade shock" when I first came here. No comparing a Shelf Road 5.9 with a Voo 5.9, that is for sure. I am looking forward to getting worked over by more climbs in Vedauwoo soon!! Aug 24, 2009
slim

  5.9+
slim    
  5.9+
Some people say 'Duel' is harder. Plumb Line is pretty typical for 5.9 granite crack. Aug 24, 2009
JNE
 
JNE  
 
For one I would second Scoggins' statement that this is stiff for 5.9 when compared to contemporary standards, and especially so if you have small hands. I however disagree that this is middle of the road for 5.9 at Vedauwoo, and not just hand cracks. Probably not the hardest, but definitely at the top end of the grade for this area. The only one that really comes to mind as being harder is Climb and Punishment, but only because it is longer and therefore has an endurance component. There are 5.8s here that have moves as hard as this one though, the beginning of the "second pitch" for Cats Cradle being a fine example. Aug 23, 2009
Petsfed
Laramie, WY
  5.9
Petsfed   Laramie, WY
  5.9
I know a lot of people for whom #1 camalots are perfect hands, and they all found this one a little bit stiffer than the 5.9 grade would suggest. However, in keeping with the grades in the area, this route is definitely 5.9. Maybe plus or minus, depending on who you ask, but still 5.9. I won't deny that in other areas, it might be graded whole number grades harder or easier, but in comparison to other Vedauwoo 5.9s that lack an offwidth crux, Plumb Line should feel to be middle-of-the-road 5.9. Aug 23, 2009
Christina kalb
Boulder, CO
 
Christina kalb   Boulder, CO
 
I think crack ratings are very dependent on hand size. I too thought it was a bit harder than 5.9+. Aug 23, 2009
Kyle Anderson
Payson, AZ
  5.10
Kyle Anderson   Payson, AZ
  5.10
Awesome crack, but pretty stout. I thought that this was as difficult as Incredible Hand Crack in IC, although much shorter. Definitely felt like solid 5.10 to me, so I guess that makes it a typical 9+... Aug 23, 2009
Tim Stich
Colorado Springs, Colorado
  5.9
Tim Stich   Colorado Springs, Colorado
  5.9
Funny reading your comment, Richard. I felt this was significantly easier than Friday the 13th. It's because my wrists fit this climb like a glove, where as on F13 they don't quite fit right and are generally too big, until the fist part near the chains. Cupcake is much harder. Aug 10, 2008
First Ascent free solo by Steve Matous summer 1975, with Scott Heywoood then following with a rope. We used to spend a lot of time wandering around and climbing what ever looked good but the information often only was known to the Laramie climbers or others we knew. Aug 1, 2008
Petsfed
Laramie, WY
  5.9
Petsfed   Laramie, WY
  5.9
Felt easier than the Cupcake. You don't need anything bigger than a #3 Camalot, or anything smaller than a #1 Camalot (although you could place a #0.75 at the very top, it's in a jam that makes the top out easier). Doubles in those sizes is severe overkill, too. Jun 3, 2007
richard magill
  5.10b
richard magill  
  5.10b
Really nice route - continuous and pumpy! Overhangs gently and offers pretty much nothing besides the crack for hands or feet. Great jams and takes great gear.

I felt this was harder than the first pitch of Friday the 13th, comparable in difficulty to Cupcake. So I think 10b would be more in line with standard Vedauwoo ratings.

I liked it so much I did it 4 times in a row. May 21, 2006